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What are some examples of pseudoscience?

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Pseudoscienctific fields, such as astrology, dowsing and homeopathy, are characterized by their adoption of scientific language and rejection of the scientific method. These practices are presented as science, but they generally lack the rigorous skepticism of a truly scientific field of inquiry.

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Astrology qualifies as a pseudoscience because it appropriates the language of astronomy, by computing the positions of the planets, for example, without specifying the mechanism by which these planetary motions affect human lives. Dowsing postulates an unsubstantiated attractive force that makes water easy to find, and homeopathy uses the language of medicine and chemistry without being subjected to double-blind medical trials.

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